DCIIA Statement on Current Events
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Posted by: Karen Witham
The below statement was sent to DCIIA members and published June 4, 2020:
As an organization serving the retirement investment industry, we are typically very focused on the future. Retirement savings is founded on the concept of planning ahead and taking steps today to help ensure a better tomorrow.
However, this week we find ourselves very much focused on the present, and the recent racist events that have been unfolding in America. George Floyd's senseless death is not an isolated incident. Now is a time for reflection, for looking back at the days and indeed the decades that have brought us to this point in history. We believe it is also a time for making both personal and professional commitments as to how we can all be part of building a better tomorrow for all Americans.
We will continue to support research and conversations that seek to identify and remedy the too-prevalent gaps that exist between those who are, and are not, saving for retirement and broader conversations about financial wellness and emergency savings. Today, we also reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our organization and in our industry while also denouncing all forms of racism.
We cannot shy away from candid conversations about the impact that racism and other forms of discrimination and oppression have had on Americans, including their socioeconomic status and financial well-being. We welcome input from our members and peer industry associations about how we can collectively work together towards a brighter, more equitable future.
Lew Minsky, President and CEO, DCIIA
Erin Donnelly, Chair, DCIIA Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Michael Andeberhan, Vice Chair, DCIIA Diversity & Inclusion Committee